Definition of Proctitis

Inflammation of the rectum that may also involve the anus. A number of circumstances may cause proctitis, including

Symptoms and Treatment

Symptoms include the continuous sensation of needing to have a bowel movementconstipation, and rectal discomfort or pain. The doctor can usually diagnose proctitis via proctoscopy (viewing the anus and rectum endoscopically). Treatment targets the cause, which may include antibiotic medications for infections and corticosteroid medications or other anti-inflammatory products for inflammation arising from trauma, radiation therapy, and inflammatory conditions of the gastrointestinal tract.

See also ANAL FISSUREENDOSCOPYHEMORRHOIDS.

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